Adjunct Professor Dennis A. Stubblefield organized and moderated an Orange County Bar Association lunch program discussing Corporate Internal Investigations at the Radisson Hotel, Newport Beach on October 28. The presentation was held at the joint meeting of the Business & Corporate, Business Litigation, Corporate Counsel, & Solo Practitioner/Small Firm Sections. Professor Stubblefield was joined by panelists Diane W. Biagianti, Esq., CRO of Edwards Lifesciences LLC, Mimi Justice, Partner at Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP, and Mark D. Peterson, Esq., Partner at O’Melveny & Myers, LLP.
Professor Robert Molko participated as a panelist on October 30 at a California State Bar Conference on Emerging Technology and Privacy Conference at the UCI Beckman Center of the National Academies of Sciences & Engineering. The program focuses on the intersection of law and technology, and specifically on the description, implementation and use of new and emerging surveillance technologies by government agencies and the applicable legal and technological restrictions. The conference featured experts on law, policy and technology, with the target audience consisting of lawyers, government officials, law enforcement personnel, engineers, technologists, and others. Professor Molko’s panel addressed “Drone Technology, Existing Law, and Privacy Concerns” and included UCI Dean Erwin Chemerinsky and Professor Gregory S. McNeal of Pepperdine University School of Law.
Professor Tracie R. Porter, as Director of the Business Law Center (BLC), represented Western State at the Black Entertainment and Sports Law Association’s (BESLA) 35th Annual Conference from October 21-25. Professor Porter is a member of BESLA. The conference featured panels on representing celebrity clients and athletes, including financial planning and business management, and was attended by almost 250 lawyers, financial advisors, business managers, and celebrities, such as actress Vanessa Knight, Judge Eric Mathis, and former NBA player Antoine Walker. Professor Porter hopes to expand the mission of the BLC to include all areas of business and law.
Professor Porter also attended the NAACP Legal Defense Fund’s (LDF) 75th Anniversary at the Ford Foundation in New York, in September. LDF alumni attorneys, scholars, and supporters celebrated with LDF’s President Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill and her staff. As an LDF Scholar from 1991-94, Professor Porter had received a scholarship to attend law school. Professor Porter also visited Fordham Law School’s Fashion Law Institute while in New York and met with Dean Penelope Andrews, new Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, South Africa’s premier law school, about building relationships and creating opportunities for students in the BLC and the law school generally.